Thursday, 17 May 2018

The Art of Customization!

Customization is always a good idea when it comes to designing your own space. It allows you the opportunity to bring a bit of your own personality and soul into the space. A great design creates a story of who you are. Personalising spaces with your style of decorating is important so you feel relaxed, happy and comfortable in your own home. Everyone wants their space to look unique, distinct, and spectacular, not just for other people’s viewing pleasure but also your own! After all, it is your space, and it needs to feel like a place where you belong! So why settle for the same boring old patterns and designs when you can create something truly remarkable according to your own taste and preferences!

Now you can turn your dream house into a reality with the option of customization that Bharat Floorings provides you with. At BFT, you can choose from about 200 designs and layouts as per your interiors. No doubt interior design is about going all out and experimenting, but it is important to have some colour balance to make your space look elegant, sophisticated and classy. BFT recommends creating elegant designs for a contemporary feel. Bright colours undoubtedly make your space look cheerful and playful, so if you want to opt for some quirky designs on your walls or floors, then you can go with subtle colours for your accessories and furniture. It is important to create a balance and colour scheme.

It is also important to bring some originality in your space when renovating your home to give it an interesting look. Have a design and pattern in mind? At Bharat Floorings, we can help you recreate your beautiful space making it look luxurious and beautiful using cement tiles. With our tiles, you can create multiple designs placed differently, or using various colour combinations to create a space that is beautiful and tells a story of its own. 


While customizing your space, bear in mind two essential details-
     1) The theme of the space
     2) The colour combination of the area

There are endless possibilities to customize your tiles at BFT. You can mix and match two designs together and create a look, unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. One pattern at Bharat Floorings can create different looks when placed differently. With a whole host of colour combinations and endless designs, you can create a fabulous space based on your creative imagination. So let your imagination run wild, and design your floors with different combinations and permutations of colours and patterns based on your preferences.

We have in-house designers who will guide you through the entire process to design and customize your beautiful floors. The following are the services we offer:

FLOOR DESIGN LAYOUTS
Here at Bharat Floorings, we give our customers the chance to customize and explore their creativity. We would like our customers to get exactly the kind of floor that they envision and provide them with the best experience at the store. To help our customers, we offer special designs and services at nominal fees.
Customers can either sit with our in-house designers to decide on colour combinations as well as layouts (designs & patterns) for their floors, or if they are unable to do so they can even email the drawings to us, and our designer and sales force can help them with the layout process.
Once a layout has been finalised and the customer is satisfied with the end result, the quantities of tiles can be removed from AutoCAD and then the order can be placed. The whole process typically takes some time, so customers are requested to plan the timelines of their projects accordingly.

NEW TILE DESIGN
An innovative service offered by the Bharat Floorings to our clients is the ability to design and customize your own tile. As part of this service, we give you the option to share a picture or drawing of the design you like and then this is implemented and converted through our processes into the actual tiles. Samples can be made for approval, and then once the design is finalised, production can begin. This is often a lengthy process, but the end result is unique. So the wait is worth it! Since it is made by hand, the time for delivery takes 4-6 weeks.

Everyone loves to play with colours, using different combinations, sometimes maybe even two or three different colour tones to add some vibrancy to a room. We give you the option to mix several colour combinations according to your choice and the interiors of the space, because why restrict yourself right? At Bharat floorings, we have 300 colour options to choose from, providing colours ranging from bold to subtle so you can pick whatever you fancy!
PLAYING WITH CEMENT TILES -
Cement is our forte, our first and only love here at BFT!  You name an object to create and we will make it for you, as long as it is cement based. We have a whole bunch of different, unique objects and elements made from cement at Bharat floorings. Beautiful cement furniture, concrete objects like paper stands, lotus candles, pen holders and much more, wall claddings (which can be used on the walls), and the newest addition to our collection - the Terrazzo wash basins. You say it and we will create it! There’s just so much you can do with cement, and we are always excited to explore the boundaries of creativity with this versatile material.

There are endless possibilities to create your own beautiful home at BFT so never restrict yourself and experiment with creative and distinct designs. You do not renovate your space often, so make it worthwhile when designing it. Creativity is a key aspect of interior design and it is important to keep that in mind while designing your dream space! As they say – True art takes time! Customizing your tiles might take some time, but the final result will not disappoint! We welcome you to bring in your creative ideas and we will help turn them into works of art!
For more information about the designs and patterns, you can check out the link - https://www.bharatfloorings.com/

MUMBAI – HEAD OFFICE


Bharat Floorings & Tiles (Mumbai) Pvt. Ltd
32, Mumbai Samachar Marg, Ground Floor, Next to Stock Exchange, Fort, Mumbai - 400 023
Tel: 91 (22) 4057 4400/23/44
Come visit us at our stores in Mumbai, Goa, New Delhi and Bangalore (by appointment)
For more details visit us at – www.bharatfloorings.com
  

Monday, 30 April 2018

Handcrafted to perfection!


In 1922, Bharat Floorings and Tiles was founded on the belief to evolve the nation. When The Bharat Flooring tile company first started in 1922, in Uran, there was no electricity, water or telephone service. The only links with Bombay (now Mumbai) were the fishing boats which plied when the weather was fair. The Sidhwa family owned large sheds in Uran to manufacture liquor from mogra and rose flowers, oranges and other fruits. Since the sheds lay idle after the British introduced prohibition, the tiles were produced in those sheds and travelled from there to all parts of India. As part of the Swadeshi movement, our founders pioneered the cement tiles industry in the country, producing tiles of international quality to replace imports, and building the company on the principles of quality, integrity and service.

The founder of The Bharat flooring tile company in 1922 travelled across Europe and USA and bought the finest elements of this art form to India. They modified and created fresh designs to suit Indian taste and developed a unique process to suit the conditions. In 1923, when Pherozesha was dissatisfied with a batch of black and white tiles made for Sir Cowasji Jehangir’s New Readymoney Mansion (Flora Fountain/Hutatma Chowk) in Mumbai, he stopped the delivery and took the dramatic step of having the entire batch thrown into the sea. When he travelled to Europe to find the remedy, he was told his tiles were perfect, only the polishing was not! The new batch is still found in parts of this building, even after 90 years!

The invention of coloured cement in Europe in the late 19th century introduced the exciting possibilities of encaustic cement flooring tiles that would grow more beautiful over the years if the tiles were maintained efficiently.

The tiles produced were of fantastic quality and in a few years, Bharat Tiles were chosen over the imported tiles not just by the maharajas in 1934 during the Raj period and by affluent patriotic Indians, but also by Britishers!


Manufacturing cement tiles is an art form, passed down from generation to generation. None of these tiles is uniform in pattern. The manufacturing process is very tedious since each tile is made by the hand step by step. The steps are as follows –

     1) Blending – The pigment composition is a mixture of high-quality white Portland cement, marble powder and natural mineral colour pigments. Then the ingredients are blended together carefully over a period of hours to produce the final colours.


     2) Molding – The colours are filled by hand with a metal mold. The pigment gets poured into the mould, colour by colour, exactly according to the desired pattern. The metal mold, containing the desired pattern is handmade from specific design drawings. Handmade cement tiles are unique and are expected to have slight imperfections in them maybe in terms of colour shades or design pattern. No line on the cement tile will be straight, which gives them character and depth in the designs.



    3) Compressing – A cork in the form of a strong metal plate is applied at the top of the mold and the tile is pressed using a mechanical hydraulic press. The pressure applied is up to 1 ton per square inch, which produces a compact tile.


     4) Hardening – After pressing the tiles are removed from the mold and placed on the rack until they are hard enough too moved into a tank of water. The tiles are emerged to harden in a water bath for 24 hours. Lastly, the tiles are stored in dry storage racks for 7 days, for the final hardening process.



These cement tiles are made by hand, one at a time, using coloured pigments. The coloured pigments are blended together with the cement material, then poured into the mould which is handmade, following which they are hydraulically pressed into the surface to become a part of the tile...Unlike mass produced products, slight irregularities in lines and some variation in shades are the hallmark and charm of handcrafted products. The setting process of cement generates heat, hence like certain Chinese porcelain glazes, this may create fine cracks known as crazing, which enhances their antique look. The elegance of Bharat’s floor art is timeless, and their silken sheen improves over the years.

The standard size of these tiles is 20cm*20cm. Since it is made by hand, the time for delivery takes 4-6 weeks. As they say – True art takes time!

Friday, 20 April 2018

Preserving what matters!

There are some immensely beautiful restoration projects that BFT has done in the past couple of years. It has indeed been an honour to be a part of such significant contributions to the preservation of India’s rich heritage and incredible architectural marvels. Bharat’s Heritage™ Tiles are a part of the Heritage Gallery & Interpretation Centre at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai and have found their place in the grandest of royal palaces and plush Raj Bhavans. BFT has been a part of several landmark restorations including the Cathedral & John Connon School, the Salar Jung Museum and Mumbai’s oldest museum, the Bhau Daji Lad Museum. Iconic buildings everywhere are being restored by India’s leading architects relying on Bharat’s Heritage™ tiles and flooring experience. The icing on the cake, for BFT, is being chosen for awards from UNESCO for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

Royal Bombay Yacht Club

Royal Bombay Yacht Club is an iconic structure at Apollo Bunder that has, over the years seen many prominent visitors. The Bombay Yacht Club was founded in 1846 with Henry Morland as club commodore and 30 years later - on the recommendation of Sir Philip Edmond Wodehouse and the patronage of Queen Victoria became known as Royal Bombay Yacht Club. After its sympathetic restoration, the Royal Bombay Yacht Club Residential Chambers received an award of merit in the 2013 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards and was chosen out of 47 entries from 16 countries!
The Yacht club was restored by prominent architect and the brains behind the restoration of several gems in the city of Mumbai, Mr. Vikas Dilawari. The restoration of this striking structure involved recreating the old Minton floor, and hence Bharat Floorings & Tiles was called upon to create the desired result. Several prototypes were created over a period of many months until the floor was a close replica of the original floor. The depth and complexity of the flooring is evident since, while a normal Heritage™ floor would be composed of at most 2 or 3 elements, the Yacht Club floor has 6 elements! These tiles are so beautiful and look even better on display in the lobby area of the grand Royal Bombay Yacht Club. It is a matter of great pride for BFT to be associated with the restoration of this prominent structure located on the city’s breath-taking coastline.


Bhau Daji Lad Museum

The Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum is an institution of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. The Museum was established in 1872 as the erstwhile Victoria and Albert Museum, Bombay. As Mumbai’s first Museum, it showcases the city’s cultural heritage and history through a rare collection of Fine and Decorative Arts that highlight Early Modern Art practices as well as the craftsmanship of various communities of the Bombay Presidency. The museum won the 2005 UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Award of Excellence for Conservation. 

The tile used in this museum is the Star and Diamond pattern from the Heritage collection. This space, too has been designed by Mr. Dilawari. The Heritage tile imparts a rich and historical vibe and, makes a lasting impression on every visitor who walks through the doors of one of the city’s oldest treasures!


BMC headquarters 

Located exactly opposite another UNESCO Heritage Site, the CST station building, and yet standing tall is the BMC Headquarters. The restoration project started in 2006 and every attempt was made to save the old tiles and antique furniture which added to the historic charm and period appeal of this architectural marvel. The original Minton tiles were re-used with replica Bharat tiles replacing missing patches, thereby maintaining the original look of the floors and further preserving the old world charm of this grand Victorian Gothic structure around which the city of Mumbai has grown and prospered.


Cathedral High School

With an ancient heritage that dates back to 1860, this private school located in Fort is one of the most prestigious educational institutes in the city. Completed in 2001, the restoration project of this school building was headed by architect Brinda Somayya and included restoring several elements of the building including the flooring. The Inverlochy pattern tiles from BFT’s Heritage range were used during the restoration process in shades of Jaisalmer Yellow, Terracotta Red and Dark Green, and it graces the passages of the school giving them a royal look and maintaining the overall grandeur of the space. This vibrant design is based on the one used in Inverlochy Castle in the 18th century and fits in perfectly with the Victorian Gothic style of architecture that is the foundation of the school. 


With almost a century of experience, BFT’s floor art ranges from the classical to the modern, making each floor a unique work of art specially designed to fulfil the dreams of each client. Bharat Flooring’s Heritage™ tiles and floors are custom designed to create stunning floors to suit eclectic tastes. The timeless elegance and durability of these tiles makes them an invaluable part of the country’s architectural heritage. As a brand that has a deep-rooted connection with the identity of India, nothing gives us more pride than the fact that our floors have found a home in these splendid architectural gems with significant historical relevance when it comes to our country’s rich and vibrant past.



Wednesday, 28 March 2018

A Private Abode with Colours and Patterns Galore!

In 2012, partners Huzefa Rangwala and Jasem Pirani founded a design studio built upon their shared passion for design. Each space and/or product embodies integrity and is created with the same care, skill and attention to detail that they collectively share. MuseLAB is an end-to-end design studio; offering a bespoke and leading-edge approach to design with a precise focus on unique and highly customized environments, interiors and furniture. 

MuseLAB used Bharat Floorings tiles in their project at Worli and recreated the space into something truly beautiful and playful. They used different combinations and patterns in this project which makes the space look distinct. At MuseLAB, every challenge is treated as an opportunity which is given careful thought and consideration. 

The entire design approach of the interiors of this beautiful apartment was based on the Art déco style which was popular in the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s. The signature aesthetic still evokes glamour, luxury, and order with symmetrical designs in exuberant shapes. Each and every design and pattern complements the beautiful interiors of the space. The quirky colourful tiles along with the classy interiors go hand in hand giving the space an elegant yet distinctive look.

In most of the spaces designed for this apartment, MuseLAB used the designer collaboration, BFT+ range since these patterns are known to be both quirky and contemporary. 

LOUNGE & LIVING ROOM -

The Lounge and the Living room area have our famous BFT+ range, Shibori Eye pattern and Origametes Giza pattern in grey and white colour followed by blue and light grey. The combination of both these unique patterns looks so distinct, placed differently. The trick is to find a balance with your mixed patterns that make the space interesting but still cozy. While mixing two different patterns it’s very important to stick to the overall theme of the space, because you wouldn’t want one particular space to look completely different from the rest of the house. In the lounge and living room area, the floors speak louder than the space because of the bold patterned tiles laid. Mixing two or more different prints gives you an opportunity to add visual interest and contrast. It’s important to create a fun yet uniform look in any space like you can see in the images below. The explosion of colours brings out the vivacious and dynamic look of this space. The same patterns used in different spaces and colours creates an underlying uniformity in the entire house. This pattern combined with the interiors of the space create a relaxed vibe in the lounge area, making it the most favourable spot of the house! 


MASTER BEDROOM 1 –

The master bedroom has a rich, bold heritage flooring i.e. the MoMo pattern from our Heritage collection. The classic Momo pattern used in this apartment brings out the vibrant look of the living room. Bright colours, such as lemon yellow, used sparingly with soft tones of grey and blue create a chic look. It acts as a key contrast to the walls with the tiles being the highlight of the space. This artistic pattern gives a fresh, uplifting look to the room. The unique design of these floors makes them stand out. The Heritage™ collection goes wonderfully well with the overall look and feel of this beautiful apartment, adding to its elegance and grandeur! 


MASTER BEDROOM 2 –

Japanese Line, Namisen Type F - you should definitely give this one a try! This pattern can make a small space look bigger instantly because of the illusion it creates. This pattern is chic and simplistic, yet adding so much style and texture to the room. This bold, fresh pattern creates a stunning interior design scheme to your room. Go bold with your flooring, keeping the wall tiles and furniture simple to enhance the look of the space keeping it classy rather than jazzy. These tiles create a wonderful illusion of texture, bringing your space to life. The line tiles supported with a neutral colour palette give your space an eye-catching zest. The blue, grey and white colour combination blends the given space together. These patterns add character and colour to the stylish decor, blending a contemporary vibe with personal preferences. The eye-catching handmade cement floorings that BFT designs transform offices and living spaces, taking the much-overlooked element of interior design, the floor, to the next level.


THE PLAYFUL CHILDREN’S ROOM -

 

Want to create a fun playful look for your child’s room?? The BFT+ Range – Japanese Line
Toso Dotto, Type C is just what you need to recreate this look. Colourful walls are always a good idea to make your space look brighter and playful, but 2018’s design trend is to play with some colours on the floor and home décor instead of the walls. Keep yourself up to date with new trends so that you can divert from the boring old-fashioned ones. Experimenting with your interiors is always a good idea to recreate a design that is unique and beautiful. The child’s room is a perfect place to explore new ideas and fun colours, so go wacky with these unique designs and patterns. 



At BFT you can select one tile and design in various colour combinations and patterns. You can mix and match two designs together and create a look, unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. We have in-house designers who will guide you to design and customise your beautiful floors. The design aspects of this private apartment are a great example of creating the necessary balance between quirky and simple. This home is an avant-gardist interpretation of Art Deco. It was an amazing experience working with MuseLAB design studio to design this stunning house!

Thursday, 8 March 2018

A dedication to our wonderful women designers!

With March 8th being celebrated as International Women’s Day world over, we at Bharat Floorings and Tiles stand to celebrate the women around us who have played an important role in our growth and progress as a brand. BFT is proud to be associated with some of the most talented and beautiful women designers who have been instrumental in transforming the landscape of design in the country, and have helped us evolve and explore the boundaries of our creativity in the process as well. Here are just some of the wonderful women we’ve had the great opportunity to work with…

Pallavi Doke - Envirodesigners Pvt. Ltd. (Formerly ‘The Designers’)

Pallavi Doke, a highly experienced interior designer brings a wealth of experience and personal expertise to the organisation along with her elevated sense of enthusiasm and passion to the professional practice. She is the Managing Director of Envirodesigners Pvt. Ltd which was founded in 2008. Her key interests are landscape ecology and heritage conservation. With experience spanning over 10 years, Pallavi has handled many large projects spreading all over the country.

She graduated from Sir J. J. College of Architecture, Mumbai in 1996 and has been working under accomplished Interior designers since then. She is a visiting faculty at Sir J. J. College of Architecture and Kamala Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture, Mumbai where she teaches Graduates and Post Graduates. She endeavours to transform more spaces from ordinary and mundane into abodes that have their own unique identity. A fabulous interior designer, possessing a great sense of design and aesthetics this woman is the mastermind behind some uniquely designed apartments with a defined sense of class and elegance. 



Samira Rathod - Samira Rathod Design Associates

A famous Interior designer, Architect, furniture designer, writer, and teacher based in Mumbai, Samira is an all-rounder indeed! She graduated from the Sir. J. J. College of Architecture, Mumbai in 1986 and soon after that she completed her Master in Architecture from the University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign in 1988.

She has worked on various projects including some for Hollywood actors and directors when she was living abroad. She is the Principle director of SRDA which was established as an architectural and interior practice in 2000.  She has received a number of awards and honours over the course of her career. In 2015, she received an honourable mention for the Architect Vision Prize – Women and Architecture. The Karjat House designed by Samira Rathod Design Associates for Morarka Gannon has won “The Habitat Award for Single Residence Winner’s Trophy”. Samira believes in cultivating talent and a strong sense of design in today’s youth and is a faculty at the Kamla Raheja Institute of Architecture in Mumbai. A passionate and experienced designer who started her career at such a young age, she applies unique designs and patterns making each space noteworthy and outstanding. 



Seema Puri Mullan Architect – from SEZA 

Seema Puri, completed her Government Diploma in Architecture (G.D.Arch) from Rachana Sansad’s “ACADEMY OF ARCHITECTURE” Mumbai in 1991, and she worked for a number of architects before setting up her own practice SEZA with her husband Zarir Mullan in 1998.

They conceptualized, designed and executed a wide range of architectural and interior projects of diverse nature ranging from corporate buildings, residential schemes, showrooms, cafeterias and Private Bungalows. They have together won numerous awards from residential architecture and have also been featured in many magazine articles. They offer a total design solution from conceptual drawing, designs, working drawing to costing and execution; they handle it all. 


Ramya Rajasekhar - Architect at Venkataramanan Associates 

Ramya is an Architect who is currently working as the senior project manager at Venkataramanan Associates. She did her education from University of Wales, Cardiff. Venkataramanan Associates is an award-winning architecture & urban design firm based in Bangalore and Pune. They have won numerous awards in both cities for their outstanding work. The firm was founded in 1970. Ramya is an experienced and well-rounded interior designer who's worked on many projects, creating spectacular apartments.


Chaitali Parekh from Inscape Designers 

Chaitali graduated from Parsons School of Design, NYC in 2007 with a BFA degree in Interior Design. Working with design firms in Mumbai gave her the experience to start her own design practice, Inscape Designers, based at Worli, Mumbai with her mother, Sejal Parikh. She specialises in designing residential, hospitality & commercial spaces. The talented mother-daughter duo has worked together and created some stunning spaces. This lovely private apartment in Colaba has been designed in the whole by Chaitali and reflects her distinct sense of style. 


Nishita Kamdar from Studio Nishita Kamdar 

A young charming lady full of ambition did her interiors from Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for architecture and environmental studies. Architect Nishita Kamdar has previously won the prestigious Charles Correa Gold Medal for Design Dissertation in 2013 for her Thesis "The Eyes of The Skin". She also won The Open House and was nominated for the prestigious IIID Anchor Awards for best Residential Interiors in a Multi dwelling.  The Open House was featured on the most popular web portal for Architecture Arch Daily in March 2016.  She designed the House of Quirk apartment using interesting shades of blue, grey and white along with a bold Le Mill pattern. 


Priyanka Mehra from PS Design Studio

Established in 2009 as an architectural and interior design studio, PS Design was founded on the principle of ‘less is more’ and remains fixed in the belief that each project is unique and requires renewed inspiration. A self-made interior designer, Priyanka started this firm with her husband. Like they say, creative minds think alike! They used tiles from the heritage collection i.e. the French beauty pattern in Grey and White to do up this private apartment. The pattern compliments the interiors beautifully giving the space a perfect vintage look. 


Sachi Gupta from Synthesis Architects

Sachi is the principal designer and partner at the Synthesis designs. Having more than a decade of strong notional & international work experience in both architecture and interiors.  She has done projects of all scale and type while working with few of the country’s best design companies. She joined hands with Parvez and started their company Synthesis which is based in New Delhi. Sachi Gupta (B.Arch) uses a problem-solving methodology.
Sachi and Pavez’s stellar teamwork and understanding of each other's design processes is what makes them great at what they do! They work together to create spaces that are aesthetically appealing and a perfect mix of vintage and chic. They understand the client’s needs and budgets and suggest design options accordingly to suit their requirements.


Anika Mittal Founder and Director Mold Design Studio
"Architecture is a tool to express ourselves and our culture. It is also a reflection of the social, cultural, environmental conditions that unite with aesthetics & function." – Anika Mittal.
Anika is a young and established Interior Designer having 8 years of experience in all the designs and construction industry in India and UK. Graduated from Sushant School of Art & Architecture, New Delhi and MSc in Urban design from The Bartlett, UCL, London, she is currently the founding director of Mold design studio, based in New Delhi and founding Partner of Amalgam, a design studio that specializes in using the traditional Indian craft of inlay to redefine the contemporary Indian aesthetic as a blend of convention and modernity.


It was great working with these talented Interior Designers and collaborating with them to create these wonderful sites and lovely patterns. We hope to work with all of them and many more such innovative minds to design several such beautiful spaces and keep adding to our designer collaboration range in the years come! More power to these beautiful women!

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